Keynote speakers

Prof Norbert Stock (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)


Norbert Stock has received his Ph.D. degree in solid state chemistry in 1998 at the University of Bayreuth before joining the groups of Prof. Ferey, Prof. Cheetham, Prof. Stucky and Prof. Bein as a post doc. Since 2004 he is working at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. His research interests are within the field of coordination polymers and metal organic framework compounds with a focus on the discovery of new materials using high-throughput methods and the elucidation of their formation by in situ crystallization studies.

Prof Stock will deliver a talk entitled High-throughput and in situ crystallization studies of metal phosphonates – building blocks and their assembly to porous compounds

Prof Richard Winpenny (University of Manchester, UK)


Richard Winpenny was born in the beautiful Welsh coastal town of Port Talbot. He obtained both his degrees from Imperial College London; his PhD studies were with Prof. David Goodgame on coordination polymers. After a postdoctoral position with Prof. John Fackler Jr., at Texas A&M University he joined the staff at the University of Edinburgh in 1990. After ten years in the frozen wastelands of northern Britain he moved to Manchester as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2000. He has published around 370 papers. He won a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2009 and the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Medal in 2011 and Ludwig Mond Prize in 2016 in recognition of his research in molecular magnetism. He was awarded a EPSRC Established Career Fellowship in 2017 and an ERC Advanced Grant in 2018. His spin-out company, Sci-Tron Ltd, won the RSC Emerging Technologies Prize in Materials in 2016.

Prof Winpenny will deliver a talk entitled Polymetallic Phosphonate Complexes as High Spin Molecules and Magnetic Coolants

Prof Paul Wright (University of St. Andrews, UK)


Paul A. Wright is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He joined the department of Chemistry after positions in Cambridge and at the Royal Institution, London. He has experience in the research areas of micro- and mesoporous materials. His work contributes to the research of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and zeolites, as well as mesoporous materials and covers a wide range of materials and application. The focus of his research lies on the development of new materials and fundamental research in the area of porous materials, as well as the application of known materials in industrially important areas.

Prof Wright will deliver a talk entitled Structural diversity, flexibility and applications of porous bisphosphonate MOFs

Invited Speakers

Dr Ferdinando Costantino (Università di Perugia, Italy)


Dr Ferdinando Costantino received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Perugia in 2005. Then, he moved to Rennes (France) in 2006 as Post-Doc fellow. From 2009 he is assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and crystallography at the University of Perugia. Since 2011, he is also associate fellow of ICCOM-CNR institute in Florence. His scientific interests are in solid state hybrid materials based on layered and open framework phosphonates and stable metal-organic frameworks for gas sorption, catalysis, proton conductivity and biomedical applications. He authored about 75 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and four book chapters.

Dr Costantino will deliver a talk entitled Metal Nanoparticles onto Zirconium Carboxyphosphonates Nanosheets: Structure and Catalytic Performances

Prof Kostas Demadis (University of Crete, Greece)


Kostas Demadis received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Athens in 1990 and his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, USA in 1995. He then moved to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) for a post-doc. In 1998, he was hired by Nalco Chemical Company as a Senior Chemist in their R & D Division. Kostas is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, and Head of the Crystal Engineering, Growth & Design Laboratory. Kostas’ research group is interested in a number of research areas: Coordination polymers with emphasis on metal phosphonate MOFs, functional polymers, silicon chemistry, water treatment issues, controlled delivery/release of active pharmaceutical ingredients, “green” chemistry, and hybrid polymeric materials for Cultural Heritage protection. Professor Demadis has published ~150 papers in peer-reviewed journals, about two dozen chapters in books, four books, and is the inventor of two patents.

Prof Demadis will deliver a talk entitled Metal Phosphonate Hybrid Materials as Proton Conductors: Is there a future?

Dr Jan Demel (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)


Jan Demel received his Masters Degree from the Charles University 2005 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the same university in 2009. He then moved to the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences for post-doc and he has been working there ever since. Demel’s research interest is the study of organic-inorganic hybrid materials ranging from layered hydroxides, coordination polymers to porous structures, often with photophysical properties. In recent years he has focused on the preparation and characterization of phosphinic acid based coordination polymers and MOFs with the emphasis on isoreticular chemistry, tailoring size of pores and functionalities for specific applications.

Dr Demel will deliver a talk entitled Phosphinic acid based MOFs

Dr Franziska Emmerling (BAM Berlin, Germany) Twitter: @FranEmmerling


Franziska Emmerling received her Ph.D. degree from the Albert‐Ludwig University of Freiburg in 2003. After a postdoc period with Prof. Claudia Felser at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz she joined the Federal institute for materials research and testing (BAM) in 2005 as head of the working group X-ray structure analysis. Between 2010 and 2013 she held a guest professorship for inorganic chemistry at the Humboldt University. In 2012 she became head of division ‘Structure Analysis’ at BAM working in different research areas from nanoparticles to metal-organic frameworks. In the last 15 years, she has been carrying out research on in situ investigation of crystallization processes, nanoparticle formation, and mechanochemistry. She investigates the synthesis of metal phosphonates using the mechanochemical synthesis approach. In 2018 she finished her habilitation focusing on in situ analysis of mechanochemical reaction. Especially, her research in the field of mechanochemistry is internationally recognized leading to several international cooperation worldwide. She co-authored more than 190 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr Emmerling will deliver a talk entitled Mechanochemical syntheses of metal phosphonates

Dr Sébastien Sallard (VITO, Belgium)


Dr Sébastien Sallard holds a master in polymer science (2001, University Pierre and Marie Curie-Paris 6, France) and a PhD in Chemistry (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France, 2004). Since more than 10 years, his background involves materials battery development with different European groups (Prof Bernd Smarsly, Justus-Liebig-University-Giessen, Germany and Prof Petr Novák, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland). Dr Sébastien Sallard focuses particularly on the development of new active materials (cathodic and anodic) for the Li-ion batteries. He joined VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research in June 2017 as a senior scientist to open a new research track on materials for batteries. He is the author of more than 10 articles and patents in this field. He was earlier involved in industrial collaborations with the BASF company (Ludwigschafen, Germany) from 2008 t to 2016.

Dr Sallard will deliver a talk entitled Organic-hybrid materials, a new class of active materials for Li-ion batteries